W2W: New Year- “Leave it in 2016” Edition

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At the end of every year there are a whole host of things that we wish could be left behind. The inappropriate, the overused, the obnoxious and the plain old wrong! In fashion, there is no exception. Of course, there are no hard and fast rules about what isn’t worthy of transitioning into the New Year but sometimes I think there should be. Or at least a guide for being effortlessly fashionable going forward.

With that in mind this post puts a spin on what not to wear and takes a ‘let it go in 2017’ theme. I would say *cue the Frozen theme song* but maybe that should have been left in 2014 – I digress. Don’t be frightened, this isn’t a post to bash all fashion trends ever and I promise there will be no name calling. It’s simply a tangible guide on how to elevate your wardrobe in 2017. You know, like a New Year’s resolution of sorts. I’ve compiled a list of four things to leave in 2016 and inspiration for how to elevate them.

Go on, get scrolling!

Leave Behind…


I know, I know. How dare I insult the most beloved colour, right? It’s valued for all that it offers us: versatility, flattery, practicality, oh the list goes on. It’s my favourite colour to wear as well. In fact, I am literally wearing head-to-toe black as I write this post. Awkward. But here’s the thing, there are other colours and hues that look great in monochrome ensembles. Style is the perfect way to challenge yourself to be bold. But just to be clear: I’ll never stop wearing black!

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Escaping the black box:

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Leave Behind…


Yes, I went there and no I won’t apologise. This year we saw all sorts of fashion risks that arguably should not have been taken. Most lingered or evolved from the don’ts of previous years, where they probably should have remained. You might clap back and say “Celebrities do it so, why can’t we?” Well the truth is celebs don’t always get it right either. But that’s neither here nor there. Sticking with the theme of being progressive for the new year let’s just avoid anything too short, too tight or too see-through or at least bring some excitement and modernity to the styling.

Bringing that sophisticated edge:

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Leave Behind…


This one may seem out of place but trust me it’s not. We’ve all heard the saying ‘every little bit counts’. Well it applies here too. Normally we notice the colour, silhouette and fabric of clothes before anything else, often overlooking the minor things that make them special. Detail doesn’t mean extravagant prints or embellishments but can be as simple as the way a garment is stitched or placement of colour. It’s time to have an appreciation for details because they are the real difference in elevating your go-to outfits.

Upping the amp:

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Leave Behind…


With so many trends rampant this season, many attempted to achieve the looks by any means necessary. I’m guilty of this with a few of the pieces I own, but sometimes it’s better to forego the hype and save your coins. Sweat suits, bomber jackets and (acrylic/perspex) block heels are only a few examples of this. In 2017 we should remember that wearing it doesn’t make it ‘fashion’ and instead focus efforts on using fashion to express who we are individually.

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Owning the popular pieces:

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Image credits: Style Du Monde.